Sunday, July 20, 2014

July has been busy...




The Fourth of July—actually the fifth, he took his time arriving—brought our family a new member. My niece gave birth to a bouncing baby boy. He’s so perfect and a wonderful addition to our family. 

The following weekend we traveled north for a family reunion. There were over seventy of us and the hotel was so accommodating in letting us gather there all weekend. There were two new babies there, my niece’s as well as a distant cousin from California whose new bundle was born on the fourth.  

One of my brothers followed us home and stayed for a few days before heading south to Nebraska, which was fun as well. 

Granddog Bear also had his birthday. He was gifted with 116 tennis balls, and was excited as they all started flying across the yard.  

And the fun isn’t over! I’ll be leaving Tuesday morning for Texas to attend the RWA annual conference in San Antonio.  

I hope you are making this a summer to remember!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Strange



Not sure what has happened to my last couple of posts. They show up as published in my post list, but I don't see them here….Strange.

Anyway….all has been well here on the home front. 

The trip to Antiques Roadshow was wonderful, other than the drive home in monsoon rains. We arrived in time to take a driving tour of Bismarck and get all settled in our hotel before enjoying a wonderful meal. Our ticket entrance time was 9:00 am and we were all done by 11:15. The appraisers were all so nice and informative, and watching what others brought in was utterly amazing. We saw one person get pulled aside for filming—nope not us—and all in all had a terrific time!

The amazing month of June brought us many wonderful adventures with the grandchildren. Sleep-overs that included watching a 3-D movie with Papa on his new ‘smart T.V.’, picnics, parades, and a wonderful Father’s Day. The flower beds are blooming and the berries are starting to turn red. Summer fun is well underway. 

July will start off with a bang for the 4th, then a family reunion, and end a trip to Texas for RWA.

On the writing side, I finished the first draft of the 4th roaring twenties story and sent it off for critiques. Josie and her trips to Duluth were fun and a bit harrowing at times.

Next to be released will be “The Wrong Cowboy” on November 1st.

One mail-order bride in need of rescue! 

All the rigorous training in the world could not have prepared nursemaid Marie Hall for trailing the wilds of Dakota with six orphans. Especially when her ingenious plan—to pose as the mail-order bride of the children's next of kin—leads Marie to the wrong cowboy! 

Proud and stubborn, Stafford Burleson is everything Marie's been taught to avoid. But with her fate and that of the children in his capable hands, Marie soon feels there's something incredibly right about this rugged rancher and his brooding charm…. 
 
Stay happy and keep smiling, it makes you beautiful inside and out.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Outdoor Tea Party


We had two of the granddaughters over yesterday and one of the many things they did, was have an outdoor tea party. They had spent the night and Grandma forgot to pull the blinds down in the playroom—where we all slept on one futon—which meant the sun filled the room by 5:30 AM. From that point on both girls were up and at ‘em, and barely slowed down all day.

Papa and I went up north to decorate the graves last weekend and had a wonderful time visiting family and friends. There was also plenty of work to be down around the property, but we still were able to bring home some wonderful walleye fillets.  

This weekend my friend and I are off to the Antiques Roadshow! Dear Hubby gave the pony car a thorough once over to assure safe travels, our hotel is booked, and the route is set. Tomorrow we’ll jump in the car and head west. We both have chosen what to bring and are excited to learn more about each item. I’ve settled on an old gun and a vintage child’s bandito suit. I’ll fill you in on all the excitement in my next post.

Until then, make every day a good one!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!


Pedicures were in order for this Mother’s Day. Daughter-in-law, two granddaughters and I now have sandal wearing toes. Such fun! 

The last Mother’s Day I had with my mom we went and had pedicures. She enjoyed it so much and it remains a special memory for me. Along with so many others. She truly was a very special person. 

Mother’s Day is filled with many memories for me. Ironically, my father passed away on Mother’s Day in 2007. He too, was a very special person. Both of my parents graced our family with such love. I miss them every day, and feel so honored I’d been blessed to call them mom and dad. 

I send blessings to all of you on this special day. 

Other notes:
I’m still trying to figure out what to take to the Antiques Roadshow.

I received the author's galley of my November release The Wrong Cowboy…for anyone who read The Major’s Wife you may recall a woman on the train with six children claiming to be a mail order bride. That was Marie Hall. The Wrong Cowboy is her story.  

I’ve been researching motorcycles in the 1920’s. The hero in Josie’s story, the fourth installment of my roaring twenties books, rides one. I am really going to miss writing about Roger Nightingale and his four daughters when this series is completed. 

I have things to do and places to be today, so will close for now. Keep smiling.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Now Available


Never Tempt a Lawman was released May 1st!

Steady, wealthy and oh-so-safe—that's the kind of husband Bess Trundale wants. Someone like the local banker's son. Someone unlike Sheriff Kirk Landers. The lawman's confident swagger gets right under her skin…and into her fantasies. And though she's tried to ignore the chemistry surging between them, one night is about to change everything.

Kirk isn't planning on being anyone's husband ever again. But months of living under the same boardinghouse roof as quick-witted, feisty Bess have stirred desires he can't ignore. Together they could put their pasts to rest and claim a bold, passionate future—if he can tempt her to break all the rules with him….

My other wonderful news—to me anyway—is I won tickets to Antiques Roadshow! I’m not a much of a TV watcher, but do tune into this show regularly. The tickets are distributed through a lottery on their website. I’d tied for tickets last year when they were filming in the Twin Cities, but my name wasn’t drawn. When the 2014 schedule came out, the closet location was North Dakota. I figured what the heck, I’ll take a road trip if, by chance, my name is drawn. 

You could have knocked me over with a feather when I saw the notification I’d won! Now, I have to decide what to take. It does depend if hubby is going with me. (He hasn’t decided.) If he goes, we can take four items, if he doesn’t go, my friend will be going and she’ll take two items, as will I. 

We have several old things we’d like to know more about….decisions, decisions. 

The sun is shining here today. I plan on uncovering my roses and spreading out mulch in all of the flower beds. Digging out the humming bird feeders and the pump for the water fall, and firing up the barbeque grill this evening are on the agenda, too. 

I’ll update you on my roadshow trip as it nears!

Stay happy.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter


We have 420 plastic eggs stuffed with candy and miniature toys, plus another dozen that will be used strictly for the scavenger hunt, ready to be hid Sunday morning. A fair amount of the wonderful—not—12 inches of snow we received on Wednesday is still covering the ground, so the egg hiding may all take place in Papa’s shop. He’s such a good grandpa and doesn’t mind his tool boxes and storage cabinets being used as hiding spots. The scavenger hunt will take place in there as well. Each egg contains a clue as to where to find the next egg until they find their final prize—the golden egg. It promises to be a fun time for sure! 

I send you all Easter Blessings, and hope amongst the eggs, bunnies, elaborate dinners, and family gatherings you have the opportunity to rejoice in the miracle the holiday is based upon. 

My agent from the Japan UNI agency sent me a lovely email this morning. The publisher who purchased the Japanese comic adaptation rights for Mail Order Husband has almost completed the Magna version. It will be so fun to see! I can only imagine how much work it takes to turn a complete novel into a comic. Some people are so very talented. I can barely draw a stick person.

The May first release date for Never Tempt a Lawman is just around the corner. Right now I’m working on the final revisions for the third roaring twenties story. The fourth story is coming along nicely, too. I’m going to miss these sisters when their stories are all done. 

I have many things to complete today, so must get off the computer and head to the grocery store. 

Happy Easter everyone, you are each a miracle and a blessing.